Crocheting a hat for a cancer patient combines an act of service with a love of crafting. Many crafters choose to make hats for cancer patients with leftover balls of yarn from their projects. Local crafting groups often get together and donate a number of hats at the same time. Be careful when selecting yarn to choose soft, itch-free yarns as cancer patients as hair loss can make them very sensitive.
Things You'll Need
- Soft worsted weight yarn
- Size J or K crochet hook
Gauge: 5 double crochet (dc) = 2 inches; 6 rows = 5 inches
Chain and slip stitch (sl st) in first chain to form inner ring.
Step 1: Round 1
Chain 3 and then 11 dc in the ring. Sl st to top of chain 3 and then turn.
Step 2: Round 2
Chain 3 and then 2 dc in each of the dc around the ring to form 24 dc. Join and turn.
Step 3: Round 3- increasing
Chain 3. Dc in next dc and then 2 dc in the following one. Continue this increasing pattern all the way around. 36 dc.
Step 4: Round 4- increasing
Chain 3. Dc in next 2 dc and then 2 dc in the following one. Continue this increasing pattern all the way around. 48 dc.
Step 5: Rounds 5-12
Chain 3 and dc in each dc all the way around the hat.
Step 6: Rounds 13-15
Single crochet in each stitch all the way around the hat.
Step 7: Round 16
Double crochet in each stitch around. Join at the end of the round and end.
For variations, try adding stripes. Any time after round 4 drop the first color and add an alternate color.
Make hats in a variety of sizes. Cancer patients come in all shapes and sizes, plus different types of hats work better than others at different times of year.